Friday, April 28, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I'm having great fun taking part in a CPS inspired canvas RR.
I worked on Maz's wonderful hexagonal canvas last night and I should think that her ears were burning. As beautiful as Brusho looks sprinkled - of course it is watercolour pigment, so any wet media just reactivates it...... talk about a technical challenge.
I pressed on (what else could I do?!) and I rather like the hot and steamy vibe of this so far - parts of a decorative serviette applied and more PVA glooped around to make the brusho smear and blend in places. Bear in mind that 3 other people have to work on the canvas before it returns to Maz and then if she want to it can go out into the second round. It is uber difficult to stop and leave space for other people to contribute.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Because I don't seem to be able to get this post up!
Weekends are supposed to be about spending time with the family....
But I have to have my little art fixes and often end up finishing off or starting something.
This weekend was no exception so I finished off my altered coaster for Sharon (her theme was 'Female of the Species'). I found it so hard to keep the artwork flat (so the coaster can be used) and I loved the kind of sinister face contrasting with the ultrafeminine lace and - gasp shock horror - fine glitter that was sprinkled onto the glaze while it was wet. No idea why she has that noose of lilac paper around her - it just worked for me! Oh and I like the idea of 'male' almost dropping off the sentence....
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
I've not had much time for art and craft - yesterday I took the kiddos to a special animal interaction thing - I was brave and held a giant land snail (and I'm phobic about slugs - the shell makes ALL the difference) - the kids did fine with that, a corn snake and a European toad
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Even more reason to strive for equality before I hit the supposedly big 4-0!
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I like this. Jackie is into vintage and I wanted to do it with a bit of a twist. I found these stickers in a box and it was just perfect with the image and theme. The stamp is from Vickie Enkoff and the vintage buttons courtesy of The Artful Zebra.
I loved combining the two techniques of inking off alcohol inks and offsetting the stamped image and of course the dymo had to be distressed!
Here's my entry into a deco for Caz - the theme is Clocks and time
And here is my entry in Jackie's deco of the same theme -
you can't see the sparkly subtlety of the moonglow on this last one
So, instead I'm going to post a series of pics of decos I've worked in over the Easter weekend.......
Monday, April 17, 2006
I know I'm fighting the plastic bag mountain with the totes and sandals, but this is just going a bit too far. Plus of course I would have to go for the industrial strength / size bags.....
Friday, April 14, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
great, but hang onto your hats for this next work of genius
both are made of recycled plastic bags!
Scrap With Ally - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Scrapbook Projects
Oooh - an altered art call - go to it!
Sunday, April 09, 2006
For The Love of Yarn
(Image is of a wonderful creation by the author of the link) One day......
Ooooooooooooh! I've been looking into this and have even been fondling all of the fibres I have swapped and collected over the past year or so - looks like something I could take to my mum's on Tuesday
Thank you so much oh wonderful Laura Murphy of the Making Stuff blog
Friday, April 07, 2006
Oh I almost choked on this one! It would be fun but then very distressing to see myself this way, using either of these methods
I think it got a little tight here for this woman
Whereas she is pleased with her friend!
I will if you will.......
Thanks to Vickie Enkoff and her blog for the link
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
I was sorting through a box of images last night (why, I don't know - just seemed a good idea at the time) and found a baby, but I wanted to change the background. So, serendipitously, this technique was at the top of my mind.
This takes a bit of forethought or patience or maybe a heatgun? (ooh - that would add texture.......... off in a thought bubble)
So, find a magazine pic or something on glossy paper (I assume - not tried it on other things). and decide which parts of the image you wish to keep. With this image, I wrote lightly in pencil over the baby's head first (not what is visible here) - more to experiment to see what effect it would have. Then smooshed some Shiva like stencil sticks over the face to recolour it a bit. Once you've messed around with the image, coat the areas you want to keep in a reasonable layer of PVA glue. After about an hour or so, I scrawled in the still wet but getting tacky PVA with a pencil - that's the writing that you can see on the poor babe's head - some of it reglooped together but most of the marks stayed clear. Again - just experimenting on the hoof
I let it dry overnight then this morning I rubbed the entire image with Brasso - get the liquid not the wadding format and don't give it an almighty sniff to see what it smells like - almost knocked myself out in Tescos doing that!. The printing came off everywhere but where the PVA was - including my late night scrawling. To colour the background I used the Babywipes and acrylic paint method that Claudia taught to me (who got it from Paperartsy Leandra y'know)
so at least I have a start to that spread.....
This morning - another brainwave. I really fancied a hazelnut mocha. I got to the point of unwrapping a Ferrero Rocher, but then thought of the slime factor that would evolve with the wafery bit in the bottom of my mug.... shudder.... so I stuffed it into my mouth and ping! Off to find the Nutella. It took some stirring and it's definitely not coffee house grade, but that could have something to do with it being instant coffee.
It may be the poor gal's version but oh it was yummy!
Just to link it to art, here's some coffee art eye candy:
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Oooh - might have to go play here!